On July 13th, 172,000 concert-goers filled two venues in London and Philadelphia, raising over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia
1985: The year that was...

Famine, the cold war and the threat of Aids cast long shadows over 1985, the year of the Live Aid concerts.On July 13th, 172,000 concert-goers filled (...)

From left: Des O’Malley, John Bruton, Albert Reynolds, Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa. Photograph: Irish Times Archive

On the evening of July 29th, 1994, the chairman of the long-running inquiry into malpractice in the beef industry, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, delivered(...)

The Downing Street Declaration represents an enduring legacy of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds because it formally affirmed the right of the Irish p(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Judges Mary Irvine and George Birmingham who were appointed as judges to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nine senior judges have been appointed or promoted in the biggest overhaul of the superior court system in four decades.The Government yesterday anno(...)

Saving local democracy

The coming elections will witness the transformation of local authority structures as town councils disappear and the number of county and city counci(...)

The merging of Limerick city and county councils should have happened years ago, says founder of the Progressive Democrats Des O’Malley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The impending merger of Limerick city and county councils is something that should have happened years ago, according to found(...)

Former TD Peadar Clohessy, who has died aged 80, will be remembered for his deep commitment to his native Limerick, but also for the significan(...)

Lucinda Creighton gives an interview on the plinth outside the Dail in July after voting against one of the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Reform Alliance. And in the long run it could turn out to be an eagle. Equally it could very well be a turke(...)

The late Justice Anthony Hederman

The legal life of former judge and attorney general Anthony Hederman was a vocation and he had a respect for the Constitution of a country he loved, t(...)